“Facility of Merit”

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October 22, 2010

Bradley University junior Nick Korwin shoots hoops at the Markin Family Student Recreation Center several times a week. Junior Hailey Quick had class in the Markin’s pool once last semester. And more than 1,000 students fill the center each month for Late Night BU events that provide alcohol-free entertainment, food and fellowship. These are just a few of the many activities students, faculty, staff and their guests have enjoyed inside the first jewel of The Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance.

The Markin Center’s modern offerings are coveted here on campus, and now the 2-year-old complex is receiving national recognition for its open design, high-quality amenities and unique potential for fostering recreational, social and educational use. The $25 million gem has been named a “Facility of Merit” by Athletic Business, a widely respected source in the athletics and recreation industry.

Among the Markin Center’s offerings are a 46-foot climbing wall, five multipurpose sport courts, a natatorium, racquetball courts and more than 11,000 square feet of cardio and weight training equipment, and a running track.  With dasher boards surrounding one of its activity courts, the facility is even ideal for sports traditionally played outdoors. The Performance Court with bleacher seating for 300 people has made the Markin Center a popular place for special campus events.

“The Markin Family Student Recreation Center has been a home run for us in every way,” said Mike Keup, executive director of campus recreation and athletic facilities. “It has positively impacted student recruiting and retention, and it continues to enhance our image locally and nationally.”

As the anchor of Bradley’s facilities expansion that now includes a 4,200-seat multipurpose arena, a nearly completed alumni center, and the renovation of Westlake Hall, the Markin Center set a precedent for excellence. A center of wellness, scholarship and social interaction, the complex continues to propel President Joanne Glasser’s mission to provide the Bradley community with first-rate facilities and all the tools necessary to achieve success.

The Markin Center was selected from among 87 Athletic Business Architectural Showcase entries that included collegiate facilities as well as public and private recreation centers not affiliated with educational institutions. Information about Bradley’s winning facility and photos of the Markin Center will be featured in the journal’s December issue.